Bostitch Oilfree Air Compressor Review

Bostitch Oilfree Air Compressor Review

Bostitch Oilfree Air Compressor ReviewI have to say, I kind of dig the way the 1.2 gallon Bostitch oil free air compressor looks.  However, we aren’t only interested in how it looks right?  We need to know some specs and features, will it handle what you need it to?

Bostitch has a pretty strong presence as far as air compressors and air/pneumatic tools go in the home improvement and construction trades.  They have a fairly big line of compressors to choose from as well as hand tools like nailers, staplers, etc.  The one tool from Bostitch I use the most would be my brad nailer.

If you follow the blog at all, you are aware that I have been re-doing my kitchen.  So far I have built 2 cabinets from the ground up and with all of the cabinet/cupboard work, I have been wearing out the brad nailer.  It is a very handy tool.  But you can’t run it without a compressor.

For today’s post, we are going to write up a detailed review of the Bostitch 1.2 gallon oil free high output trim compressor.  What does high output mean?  Who knows, but let’s try and find out.  We’ll check Amazon, Lowe’s, the Bostitch site to try and uncover this mystery.

The description for this air compressor says it’s highly portable and built for performance, but just how portable is it?  It rates very highly among users, the highest rated compressor to get a review so far.  Hmmm, very interesting.

This 1.2 gallon, oil free Bostitch compressor ranks in the top 10 and is one of the few that you’ll see doing work both in the home or out in buildings.  There aren’t many that actually do pull double duty.  Sure some work around the house but don’t put out hard enough for bigger jobs.  This one can.

Again, check out the features or specifications below.  Find out if this compressor will meet your needs first, take out the guesswork.  It’s important to point out in this Bostitch oilfree air compressor review that I feel some of the pros are pretty positive.  Just keep on reading to find out.

Read the rest of the 1.2 Gallon Bostitch Oilfree Air Compressor review below:

Bostitch 1.2 Gallon Oil Free Air Compressor Review

Table of Contents (click ahead!)
Air Delivery       Power        Features        Specs       Accessories       Construction       Reviews       Pros & Cons

Air Delivery

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Bostitch Oilfree Air Compressor ReviewThis Bostich compressor has an adjustable regulator which lets you dial in the delivery pressure depending on your needs.

The high output oil free pump can deliver 2.8 cfm at 90 psi in case you need the specs for your tools.  It can also put out up to 150 PSI max operating pressure for multiple finish tool operations.  So I guess that’s what it means to be high output – a decent cfm at a decent delivery pressure.

The smaller tank on the Bostitch provides slightly less standby air than other larger, more industrial compressors, but the fast recovery time easily makes up for it.  I don’t think you’ll notice much of a difference, it will depend on what you’re doing and the application.


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Just like most compressors we’ve reviewed so far, the Bostich 1.2 gallon compressor runs off the same electricity that runs in your home, 110V.  All you have to do is plug it in to get started.

For comparison purposes, and so you don’t have to scroll down, the Bostitch CAP1512-OF hits 2.0 hp peak and 1.5 hp running.  This is a bit higher than some of the other compressors (for example the Porter-Cable runs at .8 hp.)

It can pull up to 12 amps through a circuit which means a smoother start as well as less tripping of circuit breakers if you have some that a bit sensitive.  Some air compressors on the start draw a lot of current.  Be aware of that.


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  • Can deliver 2.8 SCFM @ 90 psi..
  • 120v, 12 amp motor means easy starts.
  • Oil free equals long life and ZERO maintenance.
  • Integrated control panel with roll cage.
  • Convenient storage pocket, onboard tool and hose storage plus a built-in cord wrap.
  • Quieter than a pancake style compressor.
  • LED shows you when compressor is running.  (Why is this cool?  Find out below!)


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  • dimensions: 18″ X 13″ X 15″
  • weight: 23.5 lbs.
  • tank capacity: 1.2 gallons
  • running horsepower: 1.5 hp
  • voltage: 120v
  • amperage: 12 amps
  • 1 year parts warranty
  • 105 Amazon reviews – 4.4 average rating
  • 2 pressure gauges
  • Adjustable pressure regulator


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Bostitch Oilfree Air Compressor ReviewSadly the Bostitch 1.2 gallon oil free air compressor comes with no accessories.  Some compressors come with stuff to get started, others don’t.

When my compressor was new, I had to buy a separate accessory kit. Even if you don’t get this particular model or brand, make sure you check that before you buy. You don’t want to get home, get all geared up for a project and then realize you don’t have an air hose.

If starting on a project right away is one of your main criteria when looking at air compressors, check to see if it comes with an accessory kit.  At a minimum, you will need an air hose, a disconnect or two, some teflon tape, maybe a tire inflating tool, and a couple of nozzles for blowing stuff out or cleaning up.


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The product description for the Bostitch CAP1512-OF compressor reads that it is built for performance and portability.  The 1.2 gallon compact design tips the scales at only 23.5 lbs. which means easy moving and less back breaking.   I think of the 3 compressor reviews so far, the Bostitch 1.2 gallon oil free air compressor is the lightest – barely.

A roll cage protect the gauges from jobsite damage and idiots.  This compressor has a storage pocket, plus onboard tool and hose storage. There is also a built-in cord wrap to keep it off the floor, untangled, and ready for use.

These sorts of changes/improvements make this compact compressor perfect for transporting from the shop to the project or the garage to the house.


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105 reviews, 72 of them are 5 star!

People loved the portability of this compressor.  That was easily one of the top comments in the reviews section.  Another popular review comment had to do with the protective roll cage.  I didn’t notice it stand out at first but if you think about it, like my compressor for example, there are gauges/nipples/fittings poking out everywhere.  The slim and trim design of the Bostitch 1.2 gallon oil free air compressor roll bars protects both you and your new tool!  Looks like you can maybe even go off roading in it (you can’t.)  Here is what some others have said:

“You can’t complain about its light weight or how quiet it is. Both steller features.  This is a nice quiet compressor. It has a rapid recovery and nice features.” (read more here:Amazon Bostitch CAP1512-OF Reviews)

“The Bostitch worked right out of the box. It was easy to set up and use. I used it to with my brad nailer to install the shoe moulding in my recently remodeled kitchen and it worked flawlessly.” (read more here:Amazon Bostitch CAP1512-OF Reviews)

“I am impressed with its capability to perform based on initial start up. I purchased this unit based on reviews by purchasers of this compressor.  This Bostitch unit is small, lightweight, minimal vibration,low operating noise level, and utilizes three handles enabling easy transport from place to place.” (read more here:Amazon Bostitch CAP1512-OF Reviews)

Amazon Rating: 4.4

Pros & Cons

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Bostitch Oilfree Air Compressor ReviewPros

There are a few pros that I’d like to point out on the Bostitch 1.2 gallon air compressor that so far have kind of set it apart from the other two compressors.  It’s not that one is better than the others, these are just things that make them different.

  1. This compressor has some pretty small dimensions – 18″ X 13″ X 15″ and 24 lbs.
  2. It has a higher running horsepower than the others.
  3. It has a roll bar, or cage, across the top which helps protect it and lengthen its life.
  4. Apparently it has an LED that lights up when the Bostitch 1.2 gallon air compressor is running.  Why is that cool?  Because at a glance you can look up and see that the compressor is running.  Why is that important?  Because after your compressor builds pressure back up, or tops off, your tool like a nailer works its best.  Not much sucks more than trying to drive a brad or nail and have it only go halfway in.
  5. I have never seen it firsthand but this compressor has built in cord, tool, and hose storage.

Bostitch also has a solid warranty on their compressors – 1 year parts and labor.  I went to the Bostitch site and actually copied the lingo for you:

Bostitch Nailers, Staplers and Compressors

Effective December 1, 2005 Bostitch, L.P. warrants to the original retail purchaser that the product purchased is free from defects in material and workmanship, and agrees to repair or replace, at Bostitch’s option, any defective Bostitch branded pneumatic stapler or nailer for a period of seven (7) years from date of purchase, (two [2] years from the date of purchase for Bostitch branded cordless gas nailers and staplers, one [1] year from the date of purchase for compressors and tools used in production applications).

oil free air compressorsCons

The two main cons I have to mention in this Bostitch oilfree air compressor review would be the price and the lack of accessories.

The price isn’t really that big of a deal but it is slightly more ($5) than the Porter-Cable C2002 6 gallon compressor.  You can read that review here.

And for me, the lack of accessories isn’t an issue at all.  No, notbecause I have everything but because I would rather pick out my own stuff as I needed it.  You can only get what you really need plus you get to pick out the quality and what you’re willing to spend.

As mentioned in my other reviews, my compressor did not come with accessories but I bought a kit and it was the best qulaity stuff.  Take your time when you are picking, get what you want.

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Bostitch 1.2 gallon oil free air compressorFeatures Overview:

FeaturesPorter-Cable C2002-WK
Tank Size1.2 Gallons
Weight23.5 lbs.
Variable Output?Yes
Adjustable Pressure?Yes
WarrantyYes/1 year


There you have it. This is about all I could find to include for our Bostitch oilfree air compressor review.

This compressor is so far the lightest of the three we have reviewed.  It’s motor can generate the highest horsepower as well.  It puts out decent air at a great rate.  The only issues we saw with the compressor were the slightly higher price and the lack of even a hose.

Like the others, it is oil free so that’s a bonus.  What do you think?  Would this Bostitch handle what you told it to?  Would you be willing to add your own accessories and tools when you needed them rather than having it all come in a kit at once?  Are you willing to spend a little extra, $5, for the Bostitch rather than the Porter-Cable?

You decide.  Have a good one.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave one.

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